A prisoner has absconded whilst out on day release.
Brian Lynch, 44, absconded this afternoon whilst on a day trip to Preston City Centre at around 3pm and has not been seen since.
Lynch was sentenced at Manchester Crown Court in 1988 to life in prison for the murder of 21 year old Chi Keung Yip in Clayton Vale in March 1988 and was moved to serve the remainder of his sentence at Kirkham in December 2012.
He is described as five feet tall, of stocky build, with blue eyes, short, cropped ginger hair and is unshaven. He was wearing black trousers, a black jacket and dirty grey suede and leather trainers.
Det Insp Jon Clegg said: “We do not believe that Lynch is a risk to the public but we are nevertheless very keen to trace him and return him to prison to serve the remainder of his sentence.
“Although he could still be in Lancashire, there is a possibility he may travelled back to the Greater Manchester area and so we would ask the public to be vigilant and report any sightings to the police - any details the public may have could be crucial.”
Information can be passed to local police either in person or on 101 or information can be passed anonymously via Crimestoppers 0800 555 111.